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And you're planning to spend more time outdoors make sure you're protecting your skin today is melanoma Monday.
And doctor Marc Siegel is here to separate fact from fiction.
When it comes to skin cancer thanks for joining -- because I've had -- skin cancers including a melanoma including this little scar on my face which doesn't always cover with make up and I would tell people you know people say look better with a tan but ask -- -- -- -- hole in your face.
Literally in the course ago at a very early -- melanoma early because I get checked regularly but -- let's get to our tips here melanoma is don't always follow the ABC do you rule which -- -- -- you can explain that you know that's actually.
True AB CD is asymmetry.
The border color diameter so in other words if it if it's irregular and has many different colors and one side is different than the other and -- large larger than six millimeters that's AB CD he means that it's evolving and that's the most important -- that it's changing.
But the problem is that it can and not have any of those things you can look very very regulars if you have a sudden new growth understand Kosier Durbin told.
So that is myth number one that that it has to follow the ABC duels -- the fact that it can fall outside absolutely.
Number two if you have a dark complexion you're safe is that true or false.
That's fiction though most melanoma -- come with -- that's very fair skin light here.
Blue -- scrutinized but you can get it.
With any kind of complexion is something called an -- -- pigeon is -- or intended as melanoma that's under the fingernails.
You can have -- no matter what your complexion is so you should be on the look out if you're darker skinned it may actually be hard to fine.
Oh yeah absolutely.
Another one if you you only get melanoma where you've had a sunburn that -- -- true but.
That's also fiction because remember him a lot of sites -- -- comes from can be anywhere in the body so it can be on the palms of your hands it can be inside your mouth can be done to your nails as I mentioned.
You really have to have -- on the lookout for the staff discriminate and that anything irregulars found against C a dermatologist important.
All right also number four.
You can get melanoma if you only spend time in the sun occasionally is a factor fiction.
That's actually true because actually you can get it from just an occasional.
High beam exposure one time when you have one bad sunburn to -- -- -- you -- -- for the rest your life so stay out of the -- do not have that.
But you can actually get melanoma because it runs in your family.
You you may be pre disposed genetically Fordham may not have to do all it was -- Yeah important all right and lastly.
-- sun screen I use sun screen so I'm okay a lot of people believe that true or false.
Well it's false that sunscreen alone is gonna protect you petty and that's the problem people lather -- on they think now I'm safe.
I'm going to stay there in the heavy sunlight for hours and then they don't replace -- they go swim in the water that come out they don't put it back on again.
You've got to -- use a lot of sun screen you're -- -- user repeatedly and don't think.
It's enough it's but it's a first happened use that Wear -- -- use an umbrella stay out of direct sunlight sunscreens great it's not enough.
He had -- don't Sunday for starters exactly -- doctor Marc -- very important separating fact from fiction thanks as always purchases are.
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